Kale Smoothie Recipe

Happy 2016! This week our vegetable spotlight is on kale. We’ll be sharing a Kale Smoothie Recipe with you (maybe two..). And if you missed our spotlight post you can check it out here: Vegetable Spotlight – Kale.

Who doesn’t like the hope that comes with every new year? An opportunity to strive to become a better YOU. And one of the most popular ways to become a better you is to become a healthier you!

A great way to make sure you stay healthy is by starting with breakfast. Breakfast is, after all, the most important meal of the day. I usually have eggs during the week, but on the weekends when there’s more time to savor in the mornings, I like to make a smoothie, grab a book, and go sit out in my garden.

I decided to upload two recipes, both of which include our spotlight vegetable – kale. The directions are pretty self-explanatory: toss ingredients in a blender, then blend. You can adjust the liquid you add depending on how thick you want your smoothie to be.

kale smoothie recipeRaspberry Kale Smoothie Recipe:

  • 1 cup raspberries (frozen)
  • 1/2 banana (frozen)
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 2 kale leaves
  • 1/2 cup orange juice

Matcha powder is a powder form of green tea. It uses the entire leaf, so you get a lot more nutritional value from it compared to regular green tea. It’s high in antioxidants and has caffeine, but without the crash. It helps to boost your metabolism and calms you down while helping you to focus. I add the matcha powder because I skip my morning coffee if I’m having a smoothie.

Creamy Blueberry Kale Smoothie Recipe :

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 banana (frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 kale leaves
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • (and if you’re really brave, 1 raw egg yolk)

This is a new one I started, and I don’t recommend having it in the evenings. Coconut oil is like liquid energy for my brain. I usually have some if I have to study for a test or write a paper. It also helps kill bacteria and makes you feel full.

As for the raw egg yolk, I thought it sounded disgusting, too. It really isn’t, you can’t even taste it in the smoothie. Why a raw egg? Primarily because of the lecithin. Once you cook the egg it pretty much destroys the lecithin. Lecithin helps your brain. It sharpens your memory and lifts the fog. Just make sure the eggs are pasture raised.

Wishing you and your loved ones a year of health and happiness! 🙂

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